Steve McQuiddy writes and lectures on the eccentric margins of our history and culture. He has won awards for his feature writing from the Society of Professional Journalists, and he has written for Salon, Mother Jones, and the Seattle Times. His monograph, The Fantastic Tale of Opal Whiteley, has been widely cited and reprinted, and he was a featured commentator on the topic for Oregon Public Broadcasting. His definitive history on the Fine Arts Group at Waldport, Here on the Edge, was a finalist for the prestigious Dayton Literary Peace Prize. He is an honorary director of the Oregon Cultural Heritage Commission, and currently teaches writing at Lane Community College in Eugene.
His background is broad and eclectic. He studied architecture, botany, and literature, eventually earning bachelor’s and master’s degrees. He then edited books and trade magazines while turning out miles of hack work, interspersed with teaching writing and journalism at universities in the United States and Japan. Somewhat before that, he played on a high school football championship team, then bounced around the country for five years and walked on steel beams fifty feet in the air, drilled rock a hundred feet in the ground, drove trucks, dug ditches, planted trees, flipped burgers, tended bar, threw bags into the bellies of airplanes, and pumped gas on the graveyard shift.
Steve has spoken to groups ranging from a handful to hundreds. He has decades of experience in all types of media, and can tailor his presentations to live audiences, radio, television, and more. If you would like him to speak at your event, contact him through the channels below. See his calendar on the Events page.
Contact the author:
P.O. Box 51014
Eugene, OR 97405
steve ( at ) hereontheedge ( dot ) com